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Bone Dungeon

Elemental Dungeon, Book 1
Series: Elemental Dungeon, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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Ryan doesn’t remember much about his life before becoming dungeon core. Only that he had a bit of a disagreement with the church - something to do with a beheading?

Now reborn, Ryan begins to arm his darkness dungeon with devious traps, bestial zombies, and ill-named skeletal creations, without doing anything too evil. Well, mostly. Some adventurers just deserve a stalactite to the head.

But Ryan quickly learns being a darkness dungeon isn’t all loot and bone puns. With a necromancer on the rise and the Adventurer’s Guild watching his every move, he must prove that not all darkness dungeons are malevolent...even if they do have a few skeletons in their caverns.

Sadly, all of these issues keep distracting him from his own guilty pleasure, skeletal fight club. But don’t tell his fairy about that.

©2019 Portal Books (P)2019 Portal Books

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Too many sound effects and too loud

This is probably is probably one of worst audiobooks I listen to. Story feels really weak like bad version of divine dungeons series but with worse adventurer characters and blake is boring cookie cutter character and most take away from parts I like of story more unique parts making so we have to listen to Blake and other 2d cookie cutter characters and also what the point using most gaming slang for example (Noob) it's just annoying and takes away any immersion and doesn't help that I have PTSD from the weirdest noob which was one of the worst litrpg audiobook I have ever listen too and also made hate hearing the word noob. I many others problem so with this story but was somewhat enjoyable enough like a 6/10 but for some reason someone thought let's add lots of annoying sound effects and music to this audiobook and make them loud and mak it hard to hear narrator doing theirjob that will make it better but instead of helping it just made this audiobook go from 6/10 to 2/10 audiobook like that person Who did the sound effects and music needs to be fire and Replace them with someone more competent who won't be absolutely ruining audiobooks I recommend you only read this book and not get this abomination of audiobook. Absolutely disappointed in this audiobook

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Great Listen

Great story so far. I know you will like it as well. I am just starting on Pt. 2.

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copy

the start is a shamefull replica of dungeon born. Even copies the annoying nagging dungeon whisp like everyone loves a nag and the corny naming convention. And dbag cores kowtowing to nagging sprites. I wonder if the genre is written by virgins. The music is terrible and doesn't fit the atmosphere sounds like circus music. The core sounds like a whiny brown nosing child. Hes a core with no anatomy why is he trying so hard like a lost puppy.

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  • justyn
  • 2019-12-24

background music?

throughout the story there are fights were background music starts and it annoying. background noises can enhance the story and pull your attention in more, but background music doesn't do the same its jarring and pulls you out of the story since it not part of the story.

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  • D. Neill
  • 2019-12-31

Please, Get Rid of the Music, It's Terrible!

The music is painful. The sound effects are sub-par. They distract and detract from an otherwise pleasant story.

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  • Andrewhenschel
  • 2020-01-01

hate music and random sounds

I just dont get why people add music it just takes away from a book

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  • christopher Baldinger
  • 2020-01-04

not good.

three only redeeming quality of this book is that they got sound booth to read it. the story is boring and childish. the characters have the emotional depth of a third grader and the plot does nothing until the last couple of chapters. it's campy and overly sappy.

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  • Mitchard Apides
  • 2019-12-22

Pg version of dungeon born.

A lot of bad puns and cringey dialog. I wish Jeff Hays was the main narrator. Fairy voice is super annoying. While I won't return the book, I won't buy the next one.

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  • Davis
  • 2020-01-10

Missed Potential

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Narration
What the hell was that? Honestly, when I saw the name of Jeff Hays, I did a point, click, and buy without further scrutiny. The narrator is Will Watt, not Jeff Hays as it clearly states. That's my bad. The narration was fine, I really don't have any complaints there, but then there's the music and some of the sound effects. WTF? Why is there circus music during combat? Why is there fart sounds during item descriptions? Yeah, would have been better without sound effects.

Basic Summary
Ryan is unjustly executed by corrupt clergy of the Goddess of Justice. Said goddess reincarnates him as a dungeon core as some sort of apology for his unjust punishment. Soon his celestial dungeon fairy comes to offer up guidance and Ryan’s options for the type of dungeon he can become. He inexplicably chooses darkness, something to do with the church not liking it. Carving out rooms, collecting bones, creating bone squirrels and zombie rats later, Ryan is open for business.

Ryan has survived scrutiny by the church and now the Adventures Guild is building a town just outside. Skeletal fight club is up and running, Ryan is steadily growing stronger, and so is his favorite advenuring team. What could go wrong? Well there is that overpowered necromancer.

The Good
The undead dungeons have been mentioned in almost every dungeon core book thus far, but this marks the first one actually about one. There are some unique world building bits in here, mostly to do with the symbiotic relationship between mortals and the dungeons, that just don’t really exist in other books. Also, some of the references are awesome.

The Bad
The writing is ok mechanically, there is some word repetition on occasion, but it’s not bad. The puns really aren't that great and after the first few chapters, the fairy is basically useless as a character. The relationship between Ryan and his fairy is kind of weird and completely forced. One last thing, Jack is basically Hans from Divine Dungeon.

Final Thoughts
I did enjoy this book, the best dungeon core story out there it is not. The narration was kind of a disappointment considering it was by soundbooth theater, though that might be solely the fault of the music and sound effects.

Review by rcdaviswrites, 01/10/2020

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  • Andrew Waters
  • 2019-12-25

If you enjoy dungeon core books give this a try

I love this book! I like to imagine that the dungeon in this book is just another dungeon set in Dungeon born series, having its own cool adventure. In terms of story it is different enough from dungeon born to be enjoyed for what it is, I love the reference to other Lit RPG stories. Sound booth killed it with great quality and good Male and female narrators. The music choice may put some people off but it did not really bother me. I won't spoil anything but I really like the direction this series is heading at the end of this book. Great start for first book I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the dungeon born series.

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  • Joseph
  • 2020-02-11

I lasted about 2 hours

There's nothing necessarily wrong with having annoying characters.

The issue arises when the author doesn't seemingly realise how annoying they are, and writes the world around them accordingly.

I dipped out so early that I can't remember the Fairy's name, let's just call her Na'vi. No connection. I swear.

As I said before, there's nothing necessarily wrong with annoying characters. I take huge issue with annoying characters that aren't treated/ acknowledged as annoying. The protagonist's voice is the vocal equivelant of 'walking on egg shells,' he's extremely awkward, eager to please annoying strangers and, frankly... he comes off like a puppy. Not in a good way.

Combine these two and you get an annoying fairy with nonsensical mood swings and a nothing protagonist falling over himself to please and constantly apologise to her.

The fairy also serves no purpose, just adding salt to the wound. She's supposed to be a 'helper,' but all Ryan (the protag, who has selective amnesia but a fully formed vocabulary and mind, save the memories of his past life) is told to do is basically 'will x into existence.'

At one point, an adventurer is bemused by the lack of traps. Ryan then asks 'what are traps?'

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The fairy then proceeds to ridicule him and give a textbook description of traps... which Ryan then wills into existence...

You see what I mean? She serves no real purpose, the author just wanted a side kick and created something truly unbearable. As someone who values dialogue above almost all else, it's pretty damming when I say I'd have much preferred Na'vi be deleted and every scene with the protagonist be internal monologue.

I hate internal monologuing...

This is a hard pass from me, will be getting my credit back.

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  • DJ
  • 2020-01-30

Great

Truly an interesting take on the dungeon core genre. I found myself loving this corny but good-hearted MC who only wants to enjoy his skeletal fight clubs and expand his dungeon. But of course, those who would do evil expect him to serve them and when he refuses they do everything in their power to end him.

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  • Michah Rutledge
  • 2020-01-13

great book. terrible fairy.

awesome story the only thing that was bad was the dungeon fairy and the stupid music. the fairy is every negative female trope rolled in one useless package. i think the music it's meant to set the mood, but it's more jarring and silly than anything. my last issue with the book is he breaks the first 2 rules of fight club. :)

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